Yesterday the National Basketball Association had a total of ten games, of those eight had former North Carolina players in them, a pair of them being head to head match up. And as usual, if there are former Tar Heels playing in the Association the next day on ISPORTSWEB there will be the “North Carolina in the NBA” recap. So, without any more interruption let’s get going with this edition of the run down for 10/06/13…
The first game of the night is a head to head match up as the Toronto Raptors (-2.5) head to the Queen City to take on the Charlotte Bobcats in what was the first of a trio games between the franchises. The game was played at the Time Warner Cable Arena in front of an attendance of 11.118 and was televised by TSOH. For the visiting squad it was former National Player of the Year Tyler Hansbrough, who played a total of 22 minutes. In that time the power forward scored nine points (4 for 6 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 1) to go along with four rebounds and three turnovers while having a pts differential of +2. On the other side, for the home squad, it should have been Brendan Haywood, but the seven footer will not be on the hardwoods for quite sometimes as he recovers from an operation on his foot. In what was a tight game, it was Charlotte beating Toronto by a duece, with the final score being 92 to 90. The win puts the Bobcats at 3 and 2 (2-0 at home) and the franchise will be back in action on 11/08 when they host the Knicks. The loss drops the Raptors to 2 and 3 (1-2 on the road) and the will on the hardwoods once again as they head to the Pacers on 11/08.
The second game of the schedule has a pair of former North Carolina players as well as the Los Angeles Clippers (-7.5) head to the sunshine state to take on the Orlando Magic of what was the first of two games between the teams. The game was shown on television by FSFL and was disputed at the Amway Center in front of a crowd that numbered 15,807. For the visiting team neither long time veteran power forward Antawn Jamison nor rookie shooting guard Reggie Bullock took to the hardwoods in this one. Even worst, the squad from the West Coast was upset as Orlando won this one by eight, beating Los Angeles by the final tally of 98 to 90. With the loss the Clippers slide to 3 and 2 (1-2 on the road) and will try to get back to .500 when they take on the Heat on 11/07.
Moving on the next game is a match up between teams that had not won yet this season as the Utah Jazz (+3.5) headed to Bean Town to take on the Boston Celtics in the first of a pair of clashes between the two squads. The game was played in front of a crowd that numbered 17,130 at the TD Garden and was shown by CSNN. For the road team it should be power forward Marvin Williams, but he is still recouping from an achilles injury. The good news for eight year pro is that he has practiced for the first time this year this week. As far as the game went it was the home team winning as Boston won by double digits, beating Utah by the final of 97 to 87. The loss puts the Jazz at 0 and 5 (0-3 on the road) and the team will once again try to get their first win on 11/08 when they head to the Windy City to take on the Bulls.
The fourth game on the slate finds the Memphis Grizzlies (-7.5) hosting the New Orleans Pelicans in what was the first of four games the two franchises will play this season. The game was played at the FedEXForum in front of an attendance of 15,209 and was televised by TSOH. For the home team it’s power forward Ed Davis, who comes off the bench to play 24 minutes. In that stint he scored seven points (3 for 4 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 1 for 2) to go with five rebounds and two assists and having a pts differential of +2. In what was another upset, it was New Orleans winning this one by 15, defeating Memphis 99 to 84. The loss drops the Grizzlies to below .500 at 2 and 3 (2-1 at home) and the team will try to get back in the win column when they host the Warriors on 11/09.
Up next is another head to head match up, and it is of two former team mates in Chapel Hill, as the Cleveland Cavaliers (-1.5) took on the Milwaukee Bucks in what was the first of a quartet of match ups. The game was broadcasted on FSWI and was disputed at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in front of 14,340 fans. For the visiting team it’s seven footer Tyler Zeller, who comes in for two minutes in all as he works himself back. In that stint the center does not do much and just as a pts differential of -2. On the other side it’s power forward John Henson, who started and played 39 minutes. In that time frame the second year pro came close to a double double, as he scored 14 points (7 for 9 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 0 for 2) to go with nine rebounds, three assists, three blocks while having a +3 pts differential. As far as the game went it was Milwaukee taking down Cleveland, with the final score being 109 to 104. The win puts the Bucks at .500 with a 2 and 2 record (1-1 at home) and the franchise will be back on the court on 11/09 when they host the Mavs. The loss drops the Cavs to 2 and 3 (0-3 on the road) and the squad will be trying to right the ship when they head to play the 76’ers on 11/08.
The sixth game of the night has the debut of one of the former Tar Heels as the Golden State Warriors (+1) and the Minnesota Timberwolves went at it for the first of three games this season. The game was played in front of a crowd of 15,599 at the Target Center and was shown by FSN. For the visiting squad we see for the first time in this campaign small forward Harrison Barnes, who comes off the pine and plays 14 minutes. In the time frame the second year player scored 14 points (6 for 8 ~ 0 for 0 ~ 2 for 2) to go along with two rebounds, an assist, a pair of steals, a block and two turnovers while finishing up with a +10 pts differential. In the end it was Golden State taking the game by double digit, defeating Minnesota by the final score of 106 to 93. With the win the Warriors are now 4 and 1 (2-1 on the road) and will be back on the hardwoods on 11/08 when they travel to the Spurs.
Check out this pass from Curry to Barnes for a dunk by the former Tar Heel…
The second to last game of the night is the one between the Phoenix Suns and the San Antonio Spurs (-15) in the first of four games the two franchises will have against one another. The game was played at the AT&T Center in front of an attendance of 17,870 and was televised by FSSW. For the team from the lone star state it was shooting guard Danny Green, who started and played a total of 19 points (8 for 11 ~ 3 for 6 ~ 0 for 0) to go with five rebounds, four blocks, a duo of assists, a pair of steals and two turnovers while having a -5 pts differential. In what was a lot closer game than the spread would have made you believe, it was San Antonio defeating Phoenix by the final of 99 to 96. The victory has brought the Spurs to a 4 and 1 mark (2-0 at home) and the franchise will try to keep it going when they host the Warriors on 11/08.
And we close this run down with a franchise that has a trio of former Heels on it as the Dallas Mavericks (+9) head to The Big Friendly to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first of a trio of games. The game was shown on ESPN and was disputed at the Chesapeake Energy Arena with a sold out crowd that numbered 18,203. For the visiting team it’s first veteran Vince Carter, who came off the bench for 14 minutes. In that time frame the shooting guard does not score (0 for 4 ~ 0 for 2 ~ 0 for 0) to go with two rebounds and a pair of assists while having a pts differential of -13. The other player was Wayne Ellington, who plays eight minutes in all. In that stint the shooting guard does not score either (0 for 1 ~ 0 for 1 ~ 0 for 0) to go along with a rebound and having a 0 pts differential. The third former Carolina player, Brandan Wright, does not even suit up as he still recoup from an injury. In the end, it was the home squad taking this one as Oklahoma City won by double digits, beating Dallas by the final score of 107 to 93. The loss drops the Mavs to 3 and 2 (0-2 on the road) and the franchise will try to get back to winning on 11/08 when they head to take on the Timberwolves.
And there it is, the full run down for the games of 11/06/13 with former UNC Basketball players in them. Make sure to come back tomorrow for the next edition of the “North Carolina in the NBA” recap. And as always, check back with ISPORTSWEB for more things Carolina!